By Mark Rountree Sports Editor

Class 6A defending state champion Tulsa Union and senior sensation Dominique Franks were as good as advertised Friday night, blasting the Enid Plainsmen 59-21 in District 6A-3 action at D. Bruce Selby Stadium.

The mighty Redskins were expected to win, and they lived up to all expectations with a runaway victory at Plainsmen Field.

Franks returned a punt 76 yards for a score and intercepted a pass -- both coming less than four minutes into the game -- to set the tone for the one-sided licking.

The Redskins scored in several ways -- rushing, passing, fumble recovery and field goal -- and led 52-0 early in the third period before head coach Bill Blankenship went to his reserves.

"The final score pretty much tells the story," said Enid coach Tom Cobble.

The victory, Union's 10th straight over Enid, improved the Redskins to 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the league and extended Union's nine-year district winning streak to 53 games.

The loss dropped the Plainsmen to 3-4 overall and 2-2 in the league. Enid will look to get back on the winning track next week at home against Edmond North.

"We wanted to do the things that would help us win the next three games," said Cobble, whose ballclub faces three critical league games in Edmond North, Ponca City and Stillwater to close out the regular season. "We'll get a good film session out of this. This will show us where our shortcomings are against a quality opponent."

Enid lost four fumbles and threw an interception, and the Redskins turned those miscues into 28 points. One of those fumbles came on the first play of the second period, when the Plainsmen were unable to execute a fake punt from their own 41. Union recovered a high snap and scored three plays later.

Midway through the second period, Union's Aaron Wallace stripped the ball from Enid quarterback Austin Box deep in Enid territory. Dane Riggs recovered the ball at the Enid 1 and fell into the end zone for the score.

Union's stifling defense did not allow the Plainsmen past midfield in the first half and held Enid to 31 net yards in the first two periods. The Redskins' first-string defense played just one series in the second half before taking the rest of the game off.

"We had a hard time handling their (defensive) front seven," said Cobble. "We were just a little out-manned."

Box completed 14 of 27 passes for 149 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Box's 17-yard touchdown pass to John Baudendistel in the fourth period gave Box seven straight games with a TD pass, two off the school record. Box's 149 passing yards put him at 1,123 yards for the season.

Box also rushed for 90 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown run late in the third period. Justin Glenn scored Enid's other touchdown with a 2-yard run in the third period. Last week against Edmond Memorial, Box rushed for two touchdowns, passed for three more and returned a kickoff for a score. But the going was a lot tougher Friday night against the Redskins. Box was sacked five times for 45 yards in losses.

Enid cornerback Marques Odom highlighted the Plainsmen defense by intercepting a first-quarter pass in the end zone and racing 31 yards on the return.

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